by Narelle Oliver (Omnibus Scholastic Australia Malvern South Australia 2005)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other
recommended but unavailable - maybe a copy in your local library
Murmels were left homeless after a huge storm. But they were stranded on a shore that was unfamiliar to them. The Boss Snig was wary of their arrival and wanted them to leave his homeland as soon as possible. But not all Snigs wanted the Murmels contained whilst their boat was being fixed. This incredibly creative and interesting story reflects the kinds of xenophobic reactions that are often experienced by refugees and asylum seekers. It is for all ages to enjoy and share together and it contains many peace-building elements:
The bravery of one young Snig opened the possibilities for the learning of new ways. The Snigs learned how to dance the Boom Cha Cha Boogie and to eat different and tasty foods. The ending befits the kind of peace-building outcomes for refugees and asylum seekers that peace-builders seek in our communities today.
The consequences of our choices are important. Being open to new ideas and new ways of doing things may create a more peaceful world, one that supports positive interaction and sharing of ideas between all peoples. How would we like to be treated if a similar situation occurred to us?
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation January 2007